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Autumn House Evening of Art celebrates 20 years

(From left) Autumn House board of directors’ treasurer Jennifer LeBlanc and executive director Terry Cove hold a painting by Don Russell Saturday at the Wandlyn Inn during Autumn House’s 20th annual live auction fundraiser. Over 100 pieces of art by approximately 65 artists were auctioned off.

AMHERST-The Wandlyn Inn’s Cumberland Room was packed full of artists, artisans, art aficionados and event organizers in support of a worthy cause.

 “This is the 20th anniversary of Autumn House’s Evening of Art in support of outreach programs and services,” said the shelter’s executive director Terry Cove. “We receive on average funding for approximately 20 per cent of our expenses.”

As for the remaining 80 per cent of the funding that Autumn House receives, the provincial Community Services Department supports such core services as crisis shelter and counseling for women’s shelters across the province of Nova Scotia.

“As a former board member of Autumn House, I know how much hard work goes into planning and staging this event,” stated Cumberland North Liberal MLA Terry Farrell. “I also know that the hard work does not end here. The many dedicated staff and volunteers work year round to provide this essential service to families in Cumberland. I am very pleased that our government has chosen to recognize this contribution by pledging to increase support to women's shelters.”

Autumn House’s mandate calls for “working collaboratively with other equality seeking organizations and the three levels of government to address barriers that prevent women, and their children, from living free of violence and abuse.”

Some 65 artists and artisans donated over 100 pieces of artwork to Autumn House for the purpose of being auctioned off during the Autumn House Evening of Art.

“Our artists were extra generous this year,” said Cove. “Sixty-five artists are the most that we’ve ever had, as are the over 100 pieces of art.”

“The artists contribute so much,” said Farrell. “Many who support Autumn House by contributing their creations do so year after year. They make this all possible.”

Two of these artists were Mark Boon and Edna Boon of Joggins. “I want to create what is important to me as a human being,” said Mark. “I draw my inspiration from the land, the sea and the people. I try to capture the energy of the moment.”  

Similarly, Mark’s wife Edna, a self-taught artist, finds inspiration from nature.

“I try to paint what I love—the beautiful scenery of the Bay of Fundy,” said Edna.

Edna Boon’s paintings are in private collections in North America and China.

“I was pleased to see the great turnout,” said Farrell. “This event always brings together people from all over the County. I was happy to see some very competitive bidding and I think the association was pleased with the outcome.”

“Last year, we raised approximately $19,000,” said Cove. “We’d like to top that this year, but we realize that times are tough. Thanks to the organizing committee, who worked hard in organizing tonight’s event, and to the artists and audience.”

For more information about Autumn House, visit http://www.autumnhouse.ca/

 

 

Organizations: Autumn House Evening of Art, Community Services Department

Geographic location: AMHERST, Nova Scotia, Cumberland North Cumberland Bay of Fundy North America China

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